Genesee County store excited about selling $1 million lottery ticket

Published: Mar. 25, 2019 at 6:02 PM EDT
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(03/25/2019) - 750 million is up for grabs in this week's Powerball --

But there could be someone in Genesee County sitting at home with a million dollar ticket.

Inside the trash can at Beacon and Bridge in Thetford Township is several losing Mega Millions tickets but somebody walked out of the store last week a million dollars richer.

For Millington native Shannon Wells he hadn't heard the news until he walked into the store Monday afternoon.

"You always think about stuff like that happening at a different town or a busy city but never locally out here in the country,” said Wells, who comes several times a week to the store.

And now he's wondering if he knows the lucky winner.

"I know I've got some buddies that buy tickets here religiously so that's what I was kind of thinking,” said Wells. “Wish it was me, wish I had bought one!"

Michigan Lottery says a ticket matching the five white balls drawn Friday night was sold at the Genesee County store.

With over a decade under her belt, manager Debbie Murgas has never heard anything like this happening at her store.

"It feels great, can’t wait to find out who it is,” said Murgas. “Don't know if we will but we're hoping it's one of our regulars."

The lucky numbers - 7-36-58-60 and 62.

Even though he didn't get this million, it didn’t stop Wells from buying a ticket Monday and dreaming of what could be.

"Oh I'd probably give a portion to my family, each of my family members a big portion of it,” said Wells. “Get my mom a place in Florida, take care of all the plans that I've been saving for and planning for around the house."

At Beacon and Bridge, Murgas says it's like a family. And she's happy for whoever has the ticket.

"It's exciting,” said Murgas. “A lot of people in the area can use it, so that's what we're really hoping for. That it's somebody who really needs the money."

The ticket must be turned in within a year of the drawing date at the Lottery headquarters in Lansing.